Steve Gorski

tap, jazz, contemporary, Intrigue Dance Company Director

“Scuba” Steve Gorski started dancing at the young age of 2.  He received his training from Stage Door Dance Academy and Impact Dance Studio.  Steve has won many titles, scholarships and awards and was also featured in the December 2007 Dance Spirit Magazine as a “Future Dance Star.” Steve attended Oklahoma City University as a Dance Performance major at the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management under the direction of John Bedford and Jo Rowan.  Steve holds a B.P.A from Oklahoma City University. While in Oklahoma, Steve has performed in the Oklahoma Centennial Parade and the Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular along with Reba, Carrie Underwood, The Flaming Lips, and All American Rejects.  He was member of the professional dance company at OCU, The American Spirit Dance Company and was elected the Deputy of the company, which allowed him to work closely with the director and company manager while he served as a liaison between the dancers and the director and company manager.  He has starred in shows at OCU such as, Life of the Party, Home for the Holidays, The American Spirit Spring Show, and, as a freshman, was selected to be a part of the American Spirit Tour Cast. Steve was the swing for Kate Jablonski’s Off Broadway Show, Beyond Words, in New York City.  After graduating from OCU, Steve joined Inaside Chicago Dance as a performing apprentice and media director.  With Inaside Steve was able to work with instructors/choreographers Richard Smith, Anna Czajun, Laura Wade, Sarah Ford, Harrison McEldowny, Wade Schaaf, Lizzie MacKenzie, Eddy Ocampo, Sinead Gildea, William Gil, Debra Nanni, Autum Eckman and Robert McKee.  Steve joined S.L.A.T.E. Theater’s cast of Legally Blonde where he was cast as Nikkos, ensemble & dance captain.  Steve has also performed with Michigan Ballet Theatre in their production of Copellia (Fiancé) and The Nutcracker (Rat King/Russian/Spanish). Steve choreographed Kankakee Valley Association Theatre’s production of The Wedding Singer which was raved about in the Kankakee press. Steve’s choreography has appeared on CBS, FOX, ABC & NBC for the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade, received numerous choreography/entertainment awards, and several students hold national titles with Steve’s choreography. Several of Steve’s students have gone off to perform in Joffrey’s cast of The Nutcracker, Drury Lane’s Production of Billy Elliot, models for Revolution Dance wear, scholarship recipients to Joffrey, Alvin Ailey, Lines Ballet, River North and Inaside Chicago Dance. Steve’s students have gone on to college for dance at Arizona State University, Butler University, and Palm Beach Atlantic University.  Steve currently teaches throughout the suburbs of Chicago and Northwest Indiana at several studios and high schools sharing his love of dance to those around him. 


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Linnea Stureson

Instructor of Ballet and Children's Ballet

Linnea Stureson began her ballet training at Lake Erie Ballet School of Dance in Erie, Pennsylvania under the directorship of Lesley Bories-Scalise. She was later accepted and hired into the school-affiliated performing dance company. There she had the privilege of performing various roles such as Dew Drop, Snow Queen and Spanish Lead in their rendition of The Nutcracker. The majority of her ballet training has been an eclectic mixture of Balanchine, Cecchetti and Vaganova techniques. However, before pursuing a diligent and technically ballet specific training program, Linnea had established strong jazz, tap and modern techniques at various competition and recreational dance studios. Through her competition years she learned to value and excel in performance expression, artistry, and musicality. Linnea graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts from Mercyhurst University in 2014. Her expedited experience at Mercyhurst shaped her into a well-rounded, diverse, mature artist with a hunger for knowledge. She looks forward to returning to school and working towards a Master in Fine Arts later in her career. Currently, Linnea is proud to be a company member for Giordano Dance Chicago, America’s original Jazz company. In addition to performance and choreography, Linnea is a passionate dance educator and teaches at various schools across the U.S. each year.


Robin Gayle

Instructor of Ballet and Children's Ballet

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Robin Gayle is a professional dancer, an established ballet teacher, and a certified Pilates instructor. She performed for nine seasons as a Soloist with the Columbia City Ballet, apprenticed with the Colorado Ballet, and is a frequent guest artist around the country. Robin trained privately under Sherry Moray and Alla Osipenko and attended the Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo, the Ruth Page School of Dance, and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. Her summer intensive training included the schools of American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet, under scholarship. Robin was a top finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix competition and chosen to perform at YAGP Galas in 2000 and 2001. As a frequent guest artist, Robin's reviews include Dance Magazine's late Ann Barzel, who praised Robin as a "uniquely talented dancer," and the Chicago Sun-Times' Hedy Weiss, who characterized Robin's dancing as "brilliant." Some of Robin's film and television credits include appearing in the movie "Save the Last Dance" and the TV show "Sabado Gigante." In addition to dancing, Robin has modeled for Capezio and Leo's Dancewear. 

 

 


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Robert McKee

Instructor of Jazz/Contemporary, Ballet, and Children's Classes

Robert McKee attended Point Park University. His professional dance credits include Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Chicago Dance Crash, Cerqua Rivera, along with other Independent projects. Finding himself always inspired to create, Robert began an interest in teaching and choreography at a very young age. Robert's work is heavily influenced by percussive rhythms while exploring the structural dynamics of physical shapes in space.

Robert has had the pleasure of creating works for Barrington High School, Chicago Dance Crash, Framework Dance Chicago, various Giordano Showcases and Projects, Inaside Chicago Dance Company, McDonald Dance Academy, Northern Illinois University, Northshore School of Dance Performing Ensemble, Riverside Brookfield High School, and Rockford Dance Company. Robert has been on faculty at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters along with teaching throughout the Chicagoland area. Currently, Robert is the Artistic Director of Inaside Chicago Dance Company.


Brittany Fegans

ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop, children's and adult classes

Brittany Fegans is a proud Chicago native who began in competitive martial arts at the age of 8. She competed around the country and was rated number two in the Midwest circuit where she obtained an honorary black belt.  Upon leaving the martial arts field, she pursued her interest in the performing arts. Brittany was accepted into the most decadent performing arts high school in Chicago, The Chicago Academy for the Arts, where she began her classical training in all styles of dance under the direction of Anna Paskevska and Randy Duncan.  After graduation, she continued her education and dance training at the prestigious University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance. During her time at the University of the Arts, she was selected to perform works from the world renowned Martha Graham company.  Brittany then relocated to Los Angeles, California where she has made several television appearances and choreographic works that include MTV specials, The Today Show, The Wendy Williams Show and So You Think You Can Dance with rapper and artist Flo-Rida. Brittany now uses her skills for live performances as well as assisting major choreographers and artistic directors for artists such as BEYONCE, Flo Rida, Jamie Foxx, and Ciara in award and television shows that include the MTV’S VMA's, Grammy's, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and George Lopez Show. During Brittany's free time she uses her passion for dance to co-choreograph for the NBA Clipper Girls. Brittany is diverse in all styles of teaching and choreography, and her choreography includes dozens of Choreography Awards and National 1st overall titles.


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Jon Martinez

Musical Theater, ballet, tap, jazz, children's and adult classes

Jon is a Chicago based choreographer and theatre director specializing in Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre. He also works with International Dance Challenge and Dance America/Dance Olympus competitions & DanceWerks regionally. Directing and Choreography credits include: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (Porchlight Music Theater) Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination) (Pride Films & Plays); Rock of Ages (Timberlake Playhouse); Tonya & Nancy The Rock Opera (Chicago Premiere), Rocky Horror Picture Show Live!, Haymarket (World Premiere) (Underscore Theatre); 3C (Chicago Premiere) (A Red Orchid Theater); We’re Gonna Die by Young Jean Lee (Chicago Premiere) (Haven Theater); The Midwest premiere of Jason Robert Brown's 13, CATS, Oliver (Gallery 37/Storefront Theater); Jenna Roxy and the Church of Modern Love (Chicago Musical Theater Festival/With a Machete Productions). Jon also directed the Theater On The Lake remount of Bailiwick Chicago’s Jeff award winning production of Murder Ballad. He also has served as assistant/associate director/choreographer on LIZZIE (Firebrand Theatre) Xanadu (American Theater Company); Carrie, Murder Ballad (Bailiwick Chicago); Story of a Story: The Untold Story (World Premiere) (Underscore Theater); Faustus The Musical (New York Film Academy - Reading). His first ballet, Le Apache, premiered in 2016 at The Harris Theater in Chicago. He is also the founder of the non-profit To All Performers of Color which provides free musical theatre dance training to under served communities.

 


Taylor Raley

Instructor of Children's Classes, Acro, Adult Ballet, Stretch & strength

Taylor Raley is originally a native of Wilmington, NC where she began her dance training through South East Dance Academy as an adolescent focusing on competitive dance and community out reach. Taylor attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. While attending VCU she had the privilege of performing choreography by accredited staff and colleagues whilst also participating in a Pedagogy Internship under the guidance of Courtney Harris and Village Dance Companies director Melissa Gravely. Taylor traveled abroad to Doha, Qatar under faculty member Melanie Richards and participated in the VCU- Qatar Taseem conference; an international arts event featuring artists from around the world with unique and creative workshops displaying their approaches to making art and integrating many disciplines. Taylor has also had the opportunity to showcase her own choreography on many stages including The Grace Street Theater and in works presented during her time as company member with J. Lindsay Brown Dance Company. Taylor professionally performs with Cocodaco Dance Company, J. Lindsay Brown Dance, and Megan Rhodes during the year. Presently Taylor is also the Communications Director at Intrigue Dance and Performing Arts Center, teaches at various studios in the city specializing in acrobatic arts, and travels setting choreography for studios across the states.


NOOK e.X.

Instructor of Hip Hop and Children's Classes, Director of Intrigue Hip Hop Company

Known to some as MC Nook EX, others as the Entertainer Xtraordinaire, and to the "kiddies" (as he likes to call them) as simply Nook, the powerful entertainer/performer has numerous accomplishments under his belt. He has rocked the stage with many artists such as Ciara, B.O.B., LMFAO, Jason Derulo(3 times), and Bruno Mars and hosted events for a number of high profile celebrities, including basketball legend Michael Jordan. As Monster Entertainment he's likely to be seen at just as many family friendly events, like bar and bat mitzvahs, as club nights that he hosts under his moniker MC Nook EX.

Nook is also a highly talented choreographer.  This is easily confirmed by a glance at his track record. In the past 10 years Nook's dance teams have won an overwhelming amount of 1st place finishes and can regularly be located within the top 3 finishers. He has also won best choreography and crowd favorite awards on numerous occasions. Recently 2 of his teams took 1st place in the country at Jamfest Super Nationals. Nook's KDF classes, which started with only a single class in 2009, are now taught several days a week and include Mom's Hip Hop cardio classes, multiple performance/competing teams, and early hip hop classes starting as young as 5 years old. With an ever-growing dance world, Nook is looking forward to his future progression with dance, his co-workers, new opportunities, and all of the families that he has come to know.


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Labake

Instructor of Hip Hop

Labake discovered dance in his freshman year of college at DePaul University. There was an immediate connection to the music, movement, and expression or creativity. Above all, dance gave impetus to Labake's transformation into an artistic, bodily aware choreographer. He dedicated seven years to Culture Shock Chicago as a dancer, choreographer, and eventually Assistant Artistic Director. He has also been a featured guest performer for Five Star Boogie Productions, a local events organization in Chicago.

Labake has invested a lot of energy towards the youth. He was recruited by D.A.R.E. for his talent and presence as a positive role model. In addition, he was promoted to Resident Choreographer at Roosevelt High School after working there for three years as an After School Matters program director.

Labake has been very fortunate to have the opportunity to train with so many amazing choreographers. Individuals such as Candace Brown, Kevin Maher, Miguel Antonio, Tony Czar, Gigi Torres, Andye J, Laura Edwards, Trae Turner, and Dionna Pridgeon have shaped his perspective of movement and approach to choreographing.

Labake's greatest projects thus far include Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, featured performer on BET's "106 and Park", and Chicago Tribune's literacy initiative: "Make Your Mark". Labake strives to create a connection on stage and in the dance studio. He can be found at Intrigue Dance Studio, Lou Conte Dance Studio, East Bank Club, , and ARCC Ballet.


Heather Kristan

Instructor Of Children's Classes

Originally from Des Moines, IA, Heather began her dance training at Iowa's Westside Dance Academy. There, her love for dance began and grew. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and pointe. She competed in many competitions in the Midwest while dancing at Westside and was invited to perform in Disneyland for their 50th anniversary celebration. Heather continued dancing and competing throughout her college career at Northwestern College, IA. Studying theatre along with dance, she was privileged to choreograph for theatrical performances as well as dance showcases. After graduation, she continued to push herself into using both her passion for dance and love for theatre. Since moving to Chicago, she has enjoyed choreographing and dancing for events and showcases, as well as participating in music videos throughout the city.  Everyone has their own story to tell, and dancing is her favorite way to tell it.  She encourages students to do the same, and loves having the opportunity to teach others in such a welcoming environment.

 

 


Lynda Piatt

Instructor of children's classes

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Originally from Des Moines Iowa, Lynda started her dance training at Iowa’s Westside Dance Academy. She’s had 18 years of training in ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary. She competed in several national and regional competitions before graduating and continuing to dance in college.  As captain of the Northwestern Dance Team, she choreographed hip hop, pom, and jazz routines for halftime basketball shows and state competitions.  After graduating, Lynda moved back to Des Moines and began training with Ballet Instructor Ben Rethmeier.  She also began teaching ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop classes at a neighborhood studio.  

Upon moving to Chicago in 2013, Lynda continued to dance and teach. She has choreographed many award winning pieces in competitions throughout the city and the suburbs. Most recently she is working on a piece that will be performed in the 2018 Disney World Holiday Celebration. Dancing is one of her greatest passions and she’s so thankful for the opportunity to share it with her students. This will be her fourth year teaching at Intrigue, she’s excited for another great season!



Nicki Porter

Instructor of Children's Classes

Nicki began her formal dance training at the age of 16, studying at Dancers Inc. and Juline School of Dance in California. At 18 she received two scholarships to study dance at Columbia College Chicago, where she trained for 3 years.In summer of 2012 Nicki was given the opportunity to train with Anthony Wright and Sara Accettura in Urbania Italy. In Chicago, she also had the pleasure of training with Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre and Ballet Chicago's Studio Company and professional training program.Nicki graduated from The School of the Art Institute Chicago with a BFA in Film/Video and Performance in May of 2016. She currently creates both live and dance for camera works, and is a dancer with Ardent Dance Company. 

 


Indya Childs

Instructor of Children's Classes

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Indya Childs, born in Atlanta, GA, began her dance studies at the Price Performing Arts Center and later transferred to the Atlanta Ballet. Throughout her training, Childs attended summer intensives such as the American Dance Festival in NC, Bates Dance Festival in ME, LINES Ballet in CA, and The Atlanta Ballet, all as a scholarship recipient. In 2013, Indya graduated Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in Dance and was recognized with the Outstanding Senior Award of Dance.Indya was a member of Ballethnic Dance Company,  T. Lang Dance, Kit Modus and Scrap Performance Group all located in Atlanta. In 2015, Indya was Rehearsal Assistant for renowned choreographer Dianne McIntyre during her residency at Spelman College. During the same year, she was featured in Dance Magazine as one of 25 to Watch. Indya is also featured in the 2017 A Wish Come True Dance Costume Catalog. In 2018, Indya was featured in the mini documentary and calendar "We Assemblé", produced by Brown Girls Do Ballet. In Jan. 2018, Indya was selected to perform a new solo work choreographed by Sidra Bell for the Women in Dance Conference in New York City. Indya currently lives in Chicago, IL and is attending the Hubbard Street Professional Program.


Julie Wolz

Instructor of Children's Classes

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Julie Wolz is from Bedford, New Hampshire and moved to Chicago to attend college for Musical Theatre and Dance. In New Hampshire, Julie studied ballet, tap, jazz, and modern at Bedford Dance Center. She also studied musical theatre and dance under the guidance of Carl Rajotte at the regional theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire knowns as the Palace Theatre. In the program, Julie got to perform 2 musicals a year in the teen company, work with kids in the children’s program, help teach dance in the summer camps, and given opportunity to perform along side professionals in their professional season. Now in her senior year of college, Julie is getting her BFA in Musical Theatre at Columbia College Chicago where is studies Ballet, Tap, and Jazz as well as acting and vocal skills. Julie is excited to share her love for dance through teaching.